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Mealtime Tricks for Toddlers

by Brindey Marine • June 28th, 2018

We surveyed our team for their mealtime tricks  for toddlers, babies and preschoolers to make life easier.  Enjoy!

  • Make applesauce or mashed butternut squash and freeze it in ice cube trays.  So easy to store and defrost when you need it if you are starting solids.
  • Color coordinated cups are great for safeguarding against germs, especially during flu season!
  • Create a basket of quiet toys/books for older child(ren) to play with while you are nursing.  Puzzle books, etch-a-sketches, playdoh, and small games all work. It’ great to have something to do with older children while feeding your baby.
  • Put the “ears” up on juice boxes to avoid the grab-and-squirt.
  • If you make instant oatmeal in the morning, microwave it, then toss in a handful of frozen berries and stir – it will be the perfect temperature for kiddos by the time you get it to the table.
  • When eating a cupcake, break off the cake bottom, flip it over and put on the top.Then, you can eat it like a sandwich and it is much less messy and easier to eat.
  • Picky eaters might enjoy “build-your-own” meals, including tacos, pasta, pizza, oatmeal, yogurt parfait, baked potato, smoothies, and more.
  • Dips make everything better and more fun to eat for kids, and adults, too. Let your child dip his food in his favorite dip : ketchup, ranch, yogurt, almond butter, etc.
  • When kids start school they are often too overwhelmed by all the socialization to sit and eat. If you are supposed to send a snack to school, try making a fruit and yogurt (protein packed!) smoothie in an insulated pop-up straw thermos cup. They can drink their nutrition quickly while still being able to be chatty social butterflies at lunch and stack times.
  • Breakfast burritos, overnight oats, yogurt parfaits and egg muffins are all super-easy, protein-packed and healthy options you came pre-make in batches and store for the rest of the week.
  • Try cooking with your kids so they get excited to eat what they made.

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